Fourth Grade Science objectives build on the study of geology, astronomy, chemistry and physics. Through a progressive rigorous, integrated approach, the inquiry-based program of study blends science and 21st century skills and provides students opportunities to demonstrate scientific literacy in the fields of life science, physical science, and earth and space sciences. By engaging in active inquiries, investigations and hands-on activities throughout the instructional day, students focus on the major themes of science: systems, changes, and models in order to develop conceptual understanding and research skills as described in the objectives. Fourth Grade Science promotes cooperative learning, group decisions, cultural diversity, and careers. The curricular focus develops basic problem-solving skills through observing, experimenting and concluding. Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science objectives are integrated throughout instruction as students define problems and design solutions related to the course objectives. Students use safe and proper techniques for handling, manipulating, and caring for science materials and treating living organisms humanely. Fourth Grade Science intentionally supports developmental and academic growth.